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Painting the Landscape from Photos with Carol Tarzier

October 15 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm


Landscapes from Photographs

          Bay Area artist Carol Tarzier is offering “Landscape from Photographs.” Class meets on Fridays October 1st – December 10th from 12 – 4 pm in Studio One. Tuition for the ten 4-hour sessions is $200. for Members, $220. for Guests  Every other class features a demonstration and group discussion; the last class includes a final critique.


“Landscape from Photographs” is about using photographs to create fresh and lively landscapes with the energy and color of plein air work. The series covers color mixing and creating color tones with a limited palette of three primary colors.   The class begins with materials and equipment that make painting fun, and with designing the value structure in monochrome.   It moves to color mixing using and atmospheric perspective – creating depth using soft edges, mixed muted tones, and soft grays.   Students will use saturation to create space, with bright colors in the foreground.


The class moves on to colors for specific effects, for example color changes in the sky as it moves toward the horizon, color changes on a flat plane to make it recede into the distance, and which colors create a dynamic foreground. Time permitting, the class will cover transparency: how to make water look transparent, how to paint waves, and painting reflections.


Students bring their landscape photos to each class, on a tablet or printed photos.  Oil and acrylic painters of all levels welcome. Class demonstrations are in oil. Acrylic instruction is individual. Oil painters please use odorless thinner only.

Carol Tarzier has taught painting for many years at the Academy of Art University.  Her paintings have been represented in national shows and museums, including the Salon International at the Greenhouse Gallery, the Haggin Museum, Oil Painters of America Western Regional Exhibition and at the California Art Club’s Gold Medal Show.


The class is limited to 20 students, and pre-enrollment is required.  For questions, email Carol Tarzier at tarzier@tarzier.com.   View examples of Tarzier’s work at www.tarzier.com or https://www.facebook.com/CarolTarzierFineArt.


October 15
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm


Gateway Art Studio 1
1001 Golden Rain Road, Walnut Creek
CA, CA 94595 United States